Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
WeightMen: 4.6ozWomen: 4oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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98 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
I'm happy to say and glad to report that it is everything I hoped it would be.
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So otherwise, I like it. I used it and it works well--for me.
Updates to Xero Shoes Genesis
- The Xero Shoes Genesis is a barefoot-inspired, versatile hiker that nicely blends minimalism and performance. Its lightness primarily comes from its simplistic sole construction.
- This latex-free, vegan-friendly gear is one of Xero Shoes’ trim-able footwear. By simply using a pair of scissors, users can customize the sandal’s shape to their preference.
Xero Shoes Genesis size and fit
The Genesis from Xero Shoes is a fairly true-to-size multi-sport sandal for men and women. It comes in standard width and sizes. Its elastic straps with tension adjustment system provides a precise lockdown. Its sole can be trimmed to match the foot shape of the wearer. The Genesis also has a setup that allows users to cut the ends of the laces to their preferred length.
For surface traction, the Genesis uses the FeelTrue rubber outsole. This 5-mm, component features V-shaped lugs, positioned in such a way that helps users gain slip and skid resistance, whether they are going up steep inclines or down slippery slopes.
The sandal features a contoured footbed that holds the foot in place. It is engineered with a grippy surface to prevent underfoot slippage.
Sturdy yet flexible rope-like straps constitute the upper of the Xero Shoes Genesis. Its Achilles strap is engineered with a silicone grip to keep the heel comfortably centered. Its toe loop is soft yet resilient, resembling those found in regular flip-flops minus the bulk. Its ankle holes (seen on each side) are elevated to keep the straps from touching the ground, ultimately preventing abrasions on the laces.